Human Resource Development

Major: Human Resource Development
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0-46.5
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1005
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
 13-1151

About the Program

The MS in Human Resource Development program, with its strong emphasis on learning theory, is designed to prepare students with the competencies for success in promoting individual and organizational learning world wide. The online curriculum is both practice-oriented and research based. Drexel's program is unique in the inclusion of a substantial capstone experience.

In today's increasingly complex world, organizational leaders must be innovative, adaptive, and global in both thought and action. In the rich, interdisciplinary field of human resource development, the focus is on improving learning and performance at the individual, group, and organizational level, as well as community and society contexts through several domains of practice, including:

  • Human resource development strategy
  • Training and development
  • Career development
  • Organization development
  • Performance improvement (HPT/HPI)
  • Talent development and management
  • Leadership and management development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Assessment, measurement and evaluation

Become a Leader of Workplace Learning, Performance, and Change

The MS in in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) program prepares graduates to become “strategic partners” to senior leaders. Using current research, best practices and cutting-edge technology, students will learn how to facilitate workplace learning and change, while maximizing performance at all levels of the organization.

For additional information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degree online on the Drexel Online website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). Provisional admission may be granted with a GPA between 2.80 to 2.99. In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form, including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for International Students

The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant's potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study in the online environment. The applicant's potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.

Interviews, in person or by phone, may be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission's standard admissions criteria.

Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

For additional information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degrees online on the Drexel University Online web site.

For additional details about how to apply on the Graduate Admissions at Drexel University website.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
EDCR 510Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems 3.0
EDCR 512Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
EDCR 514Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education 3.0
EDCR 518Evidence-Based Evaluation3.0
Human Resource Development Requirements
EHRD 500Foundations of Human Resources Development3.0
EHRD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
EHRD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
EHRD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
EHRD 660Principles of Adult Learning3.0
Capstone Requirements
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Students have the option to select from the Practitioner, Thesis, or Lesson Plan capstone track.
EDUL 780Lesson Study Capstone Course I3.0
or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
EDUL 781Lesson Study Capstone Course II3.0-4.5
or EDUP 781 Practitioner Capstone Course II
or EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II
Professional Electives
In consultation with the program manager/advisor, students may choose any graduate level course that is available and scheduled during a given term.9.0
Total Credits45.0-46.5

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EDCR 510Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems 3.0
EHRD 500Foundations of Human Resources Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDCR 514Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education 3.0
EHRD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDCR 518Evidence-Based Evaluation3.0
EHRD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
EDCR 512Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
EHRD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
EHRD 660Principles of Adult Learning3.0
Professional Elective*3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Professional Elective*3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
EDUL 780, EDUP 780,
or EDUT 780
Lesson Study Capstone Course I
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
3.0
Professional Elective*3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
EDUL 781, EDUP 781,
or EDUT 781
Lesson Study Capstone Course II
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
3.0-4.5
 Term Credits3.0-4.5
Total Credit: 45.0-46.5

*In consultation with the program manager/advisor, students may choose any SOE course that is available and scheduled during a given term.

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